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Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University College Cork.

The Department of Physics is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic centres of scientific development with a focus on excellence in both education and research, and a particularly strong track record in PhD education.

The strength of our undergraduate degree programmes in both physics and astrophysics attracts a large cohort of talented students to study physics at UCC. Our research strength also attracts many international post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to our department, making it a large, cosmopolitan place for the advancement of science.

The Department of Physics plays an important strategic role in the region through its extensive interactions with industry both nationally and internationally.

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RECENT NEWS:

Physics Department Senior Technical Officers Robin Gillen and Christy Roche both recently retired from the  Physics Department.

A function for the  retirement of Christy Roche was held in the Kane building. UCC President Pat O’Shea, Prof John McInerney and Physics department staff participated in a very enjoyable evening.

A presentation was made to Robin Gillen in the common room by Prof John McInerney to mark his retirement. This was attended by Physics department staff and students.

 

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President Pat O’Shea, Prof John McInerney and Physics department Technical Officers at function to mark the retirement of Christy Roche after 46 years service to the Physics Department.

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Prof John McInerney making a presentation to Robin Gillen to mark his retirement after 48 years service to the Physics Department.

Physics News

Pattern formation—the paradoxical role of turbulence
Posted on February 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The formation of self-organizing molecular patterns in cells is a critical component of many […]

Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper
Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an […]

When collective spins in a double domain system relax towards a negative-temperature state
Posted on February 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

A team of researchers from several institutions in Japan has described a physical system that can […]

Group uses computer simulations to theorize characteristics of heaviest element oganesson
Posted on February 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

A team of researchers from the U.S., New Zealand and Norway has used computer simulations to […]